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Sutton College Get Well Stay Well project 2015-2016

A DfE Community Learning | Mental Health Research site (2015/17)

Progress April 2015 to July 2016

From July 2015, Sutton College (formerly SCOLA) offered a wide range of short taster and longer termly courses to support people with mild to moderate mental health problems under the auspices of the Get Well Stay Well pilot initiative. These courses were planned in conjunction with service users at our partner Sutton Mental Health Foundation.  Subjects included yoga, mindfulness, pottery and other crafts, creative writing and computing.

Initial advice and guidance was key to identifying individual learner needs and aspirations and each learner had a one-to-one interview at the outset of their learning journey.  Agreed targets were monitored through individual learning plans which were reviewed with learners at course end. Feedback was actively sought through end of course evaluations and informed the design and delivery of future courses.

Sutton College offers a wide range of adult learning and vocational courses in its mainstream programme. To date (July 2016), 29% of learners who participated in a Get Well Stay Well course progressed to mainstream courses.

Next steps Autumn 2016 - 2017

When Sutton College came to the end of Phase 1 (July 2016), each learner who participated in courses during the year was offered follow-up sessions to review progress and to support choices for further learning/community engagement.

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